A detailed itinerary for the filmmakers tour….

Historic Downtown Tour
June 9, 2012

Start Tour at 9:00 at the Port of Burlington Welcome Center where your Step-on guide will meet you. The beautiful Mississippi River provides a scenic backdrop for this historic building. Dedicated in 1928 as the Municipal Docks, the building enabled barges to be loaded with coal by means of an overhead conveyer. The Port of Burlington is now home to a State of Iowa Welcome Center. Restrooms, information on statewide attractions, souvenirs, and a video of local attractions combined with historic displays to make this an ideal point to begin or end your trip to Burlington.

9:15 a.m. Drive through Heritage Hill National Historic District. Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, Heritage Hill lines the northern sector of downtown. Nearly 160 structures reflect many architectural periods and styles. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River from Mosquito Park. Named for its size, this park provides a bluff-top look at the massive river.

9:50 a.m. Then make your next stop at the Phelps House Museum, which was home to three generations of the Phelps family. Located at the top of Snake Alley, this Victorian house features furnishings dating from 1774. Take some time viewing priceless antiques and everyday items the family used over the years.

10:40 a.m. Snake Alley, perhaps Burlington’s most famous landmark, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not dubbed Snake Alley the “crookedest street in the world.” The Alley consists of five half curves and two-quarter curves and drops 58 feet over a distance of 275 feet. The brave are invited to walk down, the motor coach will pick up walkers at the bottom of the hill.

11:00 a.m. Step back in time as you visit the NEW Des Moines County Heritage Center. Visitors will experience what life was like in the 19th Century and learn more about the importance of river and rail in Southeast Iowa. The 20th Century gallery showcases changing exhibits, and the Bart Howard Room highlights the talents of local musicians.


The judging sessions

Had the opportunity to sit in on more then a couple judging sessions now, and here is what I’ve come to realize. There are no clear winners or losers, it’s all subjective. I sat back and watched as people argued for their favorite films and wouldn’t back down for anything. Even when it was one against five. In my opinion, that’s winning. You made something that moved or effected someone so much, that they are willing to champion it against all odds. And passionately! And I would even venture to say this, “if you put six different people in the same room, you’d have a completely different outcome.”

I would call you all winners!!!!!

Here’s our slate!!!!

We searched for the best shorts from around the world and I think we found them!!! Schedule is as follows… Block 1 runs 2-4pm, Block 2 runs 4-6pm, Block 3, 6-8pm and Block 4 runs 8-10pm. The films are listed in alphabetical order. Your time slot doesn’t mean anything here. We took great care to make sure every time slot is as strong as the next.

An affair with dolls – Friday, block 3 Anna’s playground – Saturday, block 2 Astray – Saturday, block 2 Basket case – Friday, block 4 Batania – Friday, block 2 Beef barley brothers – Thursday, block 3 Bright – Friday, block 3 Bus to somewhere – Friday, block 3 Castle siege – Friday, block 1 Chessgame – Thursday, block 4 Controlled burn – Thursday, block 4 Des Moines County & the Civil War – Thursday, block 1 Destiny lives down the road – Thursday, block 4 El cortejo – Saturday, block 3 Election day – Friday, block 1 Ella – Saturday, block 2 Et excipes hanc animam – Saturday, block 3 Fabrica de munecas – Friday, block 4 Fatackra – Saturday, block 3 Flashback – Saturday, block 2 Friends – Saturday, block 1 Good luck Mr. Gorski – Friday, block 4 Good taste – Friday, block 1 Les rideaux rouges – Friday, block 4 Little carolina – Saturday, block 3 Luminaris – Friday, block 3 Masque – Saturday, block 1 March april – Thursday, block 3 March into the ocean – Thur, block 3 Metal gear – Friday, block 4 Murgi keno mutant – Friday, block 1 My angel, my hero – Friday, block 2 My good fortune – Saturday, block 1 No – Friday, block 1 Other – Friday, block 2 Past due – Friday, block 4 Prayers for peace – Thurs, block 4 Predator/prey – Thursday, block 2 Psychesthenia – Thursday, block 3 Red princess blues – Thursday, block 4 Salvage – Thursday, block 2 Shift – Friday, block 2 Snuff – Saturday, block 3 Sounds like murder – Thursday, block 3 Squalor – Thursday, block 2 Starring Rachel Miller – sat, block 2 Steel viper force – Friday, block 3 Stolen life – Saturday, block 3 Sucker – Saturday, block 1 Tengo algo que decirte – Thursday, block 3 The couch – Saturday, block 2 The high chef – Thursday, block 2 The jesus picture – Friday, block 3 The perspective of love – Saturday, block 1 Touch – Friday, block 2 Trying to quit – Thursday, block 4 Vadim – Saturday, block 3 Waiter from hell – Thursday, block 2 Who I am – Thursday, block 4 Wolf call – Thursday, block 3 Working bridges – Thursday, block 1 Worse race scenario – Saturday, block 1 Written in ink (co raz zostalo) – Friday, block 2

Filmmaker fact sheet…

Hello filmmakers!! First, let me say how excited we all are to have so many truly amazing films at the very first Snake Alley Festival of Film. Congratulations! Now, for those who are planning to attend… We have a little info that will make your visit a little easier.

1. Each film will get two filmmakers all access badges. This badge gets you into all Festival events/parties. Additional badges for those attached to the film, can be purchased for ten dollars each.

2. We need to know everyone’s shirt size. Please e-mail me ASAP. In addition to the tshirt, every filmmaker will receive a swag bag full of local goodies. Let us know if you need additional tshirts for purchase.

3. Registration is Thursday, June 7th, from 12 to 2 right next to the Capitol theater (also known as the filmmakers lounge/and The Annex). It connects to the theater, but provides a sound barrier as to not disturb the screenings. If you cannot make it to Thursday’s registration, someone will always be there to “man the post”.

4. The filmmakers luncheon takes place on Friday from 11am to 1pm and is free to filmmakers, but space is limited and we are filling up fast. Please let me know in advance if you would like to participate. It’s a great time to get to know each other, learn about each other’s projects, and support
one another’s film.

5. A tour of historic Burlington is being sponsored by Grow Greater Burlington. A bus will pick you up at your hotel at 9am and take to the Phelps house, The world famous Snake Alley as well as the Heritage museum. The tour ends at noon and brings you downtown to Cyn-a-pa-looza! (which is a small festival with wiener dog races, free ice cream, and local silly business).

6. Wiener dog races are at 1pm. You can bet on your favorite dog, but we don’t condone gambling. (All bets go to The Humane Society to support our local shelter.) 😉

7. 9dot studio will be painting a mural commemorating the very first Snake Alley Festival of Film. Chuck Day is an amazing artist and visitors are welcome.

8. Films begin at 2pm every day and run until 10pm, except Saturday, when our last block ends at 8pm.

9. Saturday, we shut down the street for our red carpet event. The party starts around 6:30 and really gets cranking after our last block of films. That gives us an hour to unwind. Just show your badge and we will supply the music, food, beer and wine.

10. “After” parties are all within 2 blocks of the theater. Music will be provided, but you gotta bring the atmosphere. This does not apply to one of our MC’s (Ryan Turner). ha! Side note — The Drake is offering all filmmakers half-priced drinks and appetizers.

11. Accommodations — Comfort suites is offering a filmmakers discount. Just let them know that you are with The Snake Alley Festival of Film. The phone number is 319-753-1300. A discounted room will be $96. Also, The Super 8 will give us rooms for $61 for a single and $69 for a double. This is not a full service motel, but to get the discount, the same rule applies. The number is 319- 754-0372 We also have access to a couple of B&B’s but these are filling up fast.

12. Travel — We have two nearby airports, each about an hour and half away. One is in Iowa (Cedar Rapids) and the other in Illinois (Moline). Flying into either airport is a lot easier, as far as scheduling, then flying directly into Burlington. You can catch a puddle jumper out of Chicago or St. Louis for only $35, but the schedule is limited.

13. Lastly, if you have artwork (already printed) and would like to send it, please send to:

205 Marietta,
Burlington Iowa 52601.

This will be very helpful in promoting your film. Hope this helps… f you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to e-mail me.

Warm regards and happy travels,

Lonnie Schuyler
Event Director
Snake Alley Festival of Film

Now that the late deadline has passed…

Now that the late deadline has passed…, we’ve locked down most of the films from the early bird selection, and have a strong handle on the regular deadline, but still have to get through the late deadline entries. To give the late entries their due, we’ve slowed down on the regular deadline picks. So hang in there, we’ve programmed only about a third of the films. Most of the films you see posted on our facebook page are from the early bird deadline. And I promise, everyone will be notified by May 15th.